I spent all day to day tinkering with the genetic algorithm software I wrote yesterday. I’ve tweaked the mutations so it’s pretty fast. I think what’s interesting about it is that the same software (with a few tweaks) can be thrown at a huge number of different problems.
Anyway, here’s a video where someone uses it to make hypothetical watches, and argue with hypothetical creationists.
One of the things that is interesting about this is the rapidity of the transitions between stages. This kindof reflects on the DIYbio-engineering thing I was on about a couple of days back. When a new more competative species gets into an ecosystem, conditions change very very rapidly.